The Battle of the Somme, fought in the summer and autumn of 1916, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. With more than one million casualties, it was also one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Allied forces attempted to break through the German lines along a 25-mile (40 km) front north and south of the River Somme in northern France. One purpose of the battle was to draw German forces away from the Battle of Verdun; however, by its end the losses on the Somme had exceeded those at Verdun. The battle is best remembered for its first day, 1 July 1916, on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead ? the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. The British infantry were burdened with 70 pounds (32 kg) of equipment and in some cases had been ordered to form up into uniform waves and advance at a walking pace.  Elsewhere, units had crawled out into no man's land early so they could rush the front German trench as soon as the barrage lifted. Despite the heavy bombardment, many of the German defenders had survived, protected in deep dugouts, and they were able to inflict a terrible toll on the vulnerable infantry. The British have the .303-caliber Lee-Enfield rifle, featuring ten-round box magazine and it was bolt-action. The German counterpart to the Lee-Enfield was the 7.92x57mm (.323") Mauser Gewehr 98. It was less suited to rapid fire than the SMLE, due to its smaller magazine and slower rate of fire. You can either be a British or a German soldier, any rank lower than general acceptable. It's that simple. Ranks are: Infantry: Private, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel Unique Ranks: Machine-gunner, sniper, artilleryman, etc. Basic Character Sheet: Name: Nationality: Rank: Weapon (s): Appearance: (hair, eyes, height, weight) Age: Rules: No GODMODING, the ultimate golden rule for rping No cursing Not too much gore, but it's inevitable in a military rp No ordering around other people's characters Follow the board's general rules Send all character sheets to be approved by me and THEN post them Have fun with it We will begin when at least two other people have joined. Hope this is suitable.